US polymerization catalysts demand to reach $1.1 billion in 2007.
The primary advantages single-site catalyst technology holds over conventional ZieglerlNatta processes are versatility and control. These processes allow an unprecedented degree of customization during polymerization. Demand for these next-generation catalysts will expand over 25 percent per year through 2007. At that time, single-site catalysts are forecast to account for nearly ten percent of the total US market for polymerization catalysts, up from four percent in 2002.
Though single-site catalysts are expanding their market share, Ziegler/Natta catalysts remain the dominant production technology for polyolefins, based on their significant cost benefits and reliable performance, particularly for large volume, low cost polymers, such as packaging resins. Steady improvements in conventional processes will mitigate the drive to switch to new systems, as polymer producers are reluctant to cannibalize their own existing product lines.
Demand for reaction initiators will increase 3.5 percent per year, with gains limited by a weak outlook for low density polyethylene, a major application for these materials, as well as the development of new polymerization processes which use less initiator. However, the market will benefit from a generally solid outlook for the plastics industry overall, particularly for such key resins as polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
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POLYMERIZATION CATALYSTS DEMAND (million dollars) % Annual Growth Item 1997 2002 2007 02/97 07/02 Polymerization Catalysts Demand 623 815 1075 5.5 5.7 Ziegler/Natta Catalysts 328 435 550 5.8 4.8 Reaction Initiators 133 160 190 3.8 3.5 Single-Site Catalysts 6 32 105 39.8 26.8 Other Catalysts 156 188 230 3.8 4.1 [c] 2003 by The Freedonia Group, Inc.
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|Date:||Jun 6, 2003|
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